An English-trained horse had never won the Melbourne Cup, but Tuesday's result gave England a 1-2-3 finish - Hughie Morrison's Marmelo and Charlie Fellowes' A Prince of Arran joining Appleby.
It was the first win for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Godolphin, who have been trying to crack the Melbourne Cup since first trying with Faithful Son in 1998.
The race was marred by a 35-meeting suspension handed to Hugh Bowman for riding offences on the runner-up, and Aidan O'Brien's The Cliffsofmoher being put down after sustaining a serious leg injury in the early stages of a race which saw three-year-old Cross Counter held up in rear before swooping late.
Cross Counter spent a week sidelined after a cut reduced the gelding to box rest and walking duties overcoming the hiccup.
"We were lucky to get through, said McEvoy, who won the Melbourne Cup for the third time".
The Cliffsofmoher suffered a fractured right shoulder when injured in the Melbourne Cup, unfortunately could not be saved.
At least that's the view of prominent United Kingdom racing journalist Matt Chapman, who says Tuesday's Cup result has underlined just how weak Australian stayers are - and highlighted the need for change.
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Speaking with an SES officer, the "police liaison" spokesperson for the group said they were there because they thought focus was misplaced on the famous race.
It tarnished a thrilling win by Cross Counter, who saluted ahead of Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran. "I'm just delighted. What a ride".
"We collided with the horse that broke down pretty hard and it put us out of play completely", Avilius' jockey Glyn Schofield said.
Viewers reacted in horror after the Melbourne Cup hopeful pulled up lame in a mid-race mishap.
Foreign horses have won several of the key leadup races to this year.
The death of the 5-year-old Irish racehorse, ridden by jockey Ryan Moore, cast a shadow over the 157th Melbourne Cup, where English thoroughbred Cross Counter triumphed.
UK-based Thady Gosden described his first experience in Melbourne for the Cup as surreal.
"This was an unfortunate incident that happens infrequently, with Victoria having one of the best safety records in world racing", Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's manager of integrity services, said in a statement.